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Microbeads for Sampling and Mixing in a Complex Sample
Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332, USA
School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332, USA
Center for Food Safety, Department of Food Science & Technology, University of Georgia, Griffin, GA 30223, USA
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Received: 21 January 2013; in revised form: 4 March 2013 / Accepted: 5 March 2013 / Published: 19 March 2013
Abstract: This paper presents work on the development of a microfluidic device using super-paramagnetic beads for sampling and mixing. The beads are manipulated via an external rotating permanent magnet in a microfluidic channel. Efficient mixing is achieved in a short distance with this method. Modeling shows the variables which influence the mixing are flow rate, bead rotation speed and the bead number density. Displacement of the bead relative the rotating magnetic field sets an upper limit on the bead rotation speed due to viscous drag. Future work will examine optimization of this system for capture of pathogens from a complex mixture.
Keywords: microfluidics; convective mixing; magnetic microbeads; complex sample
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Owen, D.; Mao, W.; Alexeev, A.; Cannon, J.L.; Hesketh, P.J. Microbeads for Sampling and Mixing in a Complex Sample. Micromachines 2013, 4, 103-115.
Owen D, Mao W, Alexeev A, Cannon JL, Hesketh PJ. Microbeads for Sampling and Mixing in a Complex Sample. Micromachines. 2013; 4(1):103-115.
Owen, Drew; Mao, Wenbin; Alexeev, Alex; Cannon, Jennifer L.; Hesketh, Peter J. 2013. "Microbeads for Sampling and Mixing in a Complex Sample." Micromachines 4, no. 1: 103-115.